My previous post (https://garrulousgwendoline.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/international-day-of-older-persons/ ) heavily referenced the place I now call home, so I thought I would share a little more of it with you.
Bill and I moved here five years ago. It is a wonderful sensation, to move into an apartment that is brand new, all appliances gleaming and fresh. A few cooking adventures soon took care of that.
All the walls were gleaming and fresh also. In brilliant white, the colour of the decade. Many people here have successfully decorated their apartments in neutrals: creams with a touch of silver for example. The result is fantastic. Their homes have a clean, expansive, smart, modern look. I wish I could mimic that, but I have an allergy to white. I need colour in my life.
So I called on Penny Magro, of Style by Penelope:
We started with a piece of artwork that had caught my eye in 2007, when Bill and I were on a trip to China. Regular readers will know that I consider myself an art cretin, so it is quite something for me to form an instant attachment to a piece of art. We were in Chongqing, at the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum, aka, The Flying Tigers museum. (The Flying Tigers was a volunteer air force of American pilots who charged themselves with the task of protecting Chongqing from Burmese and Japanese air raids during World War II). For some unknown reason, there is an art gallery in the rear. It is there that I fell in love with a depiction of a Miao woman on her way to be married.
Even though I bargained aggressively, I probably still paid much more than I should have. However, that is not the point in this instance. I loved it, and I could afford it. I was emotionally engaged, and there is not much art that I feel that way about.
A couple of years later, and my Miao women formed the basis of the decoration of our new apartment. Under Penny’s guidance, we went for an ‘Asian Inspired’ theme. This is what one solitary piece of artwork has spawned:
- These Gorgeous Color Photos Show What China Looked Like On The Eve Of Communism (businessinsider.com)
- China Picture of the Day: Chongqing’s Porters (theatlantic.com)
- Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Benefits of Colour Therapy (prweb.com)